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Latex Gloves – Are You Allergic?

Many industrial manufacturing environments require workers to wear protective gloves, including during electronics and medical device production and assembly. Latex gloves not only protect workers from harmful chemicals but also protect products from worker contact and contamination during manufacturing Read more

ST 925 SMT Rework System–Three favorites combined into one nice savings

Save a few steps--and some money--with the Pace 925 SMT Rework System Pace has introduced a new low-cost “combination” system ideal for surface mount technology (SMT) rework. It’s worth adding up the savings by comparing the a la carte prices Read more

Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything

You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful Read more

Grab a Seat! Find the Perfect Chair with Our New Bevco Selection Guide

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, ESD News, Industry News, New Products, Product Reviews Leave a comment

Bevco Adjustable ChairWith their ergonomic features and industrial-strength design, Bevco chairs and stools deliver unrivaled comfort and support. The company creates quality solutions for office, industrial and critical applications, with options available in both standard and ESD-safe designs.

There’s a perfect Bevco chair for virtually any workspace… but which one’s right for yours? All-Spec is taking out the guesswork with our new Bevco Selection Guide. From our top-of-the-line 9000 Series to our 1000 Series value line, we review the features specific to each category so it’s easy to compare, contrast, and get comfortable with your seating options.

Kester Ending Flux Dispensing Pens – Here’s What to Do

Posted on by Michael D. in All-Spec News, Product Reviews, Technical Articles Leave a comment

cw8100Kester is ending production of their popular line of flux dispensing pens in August. We can suggest two alternatives for everyone who wants to continue using pen applicator:

  1. Buy an empty refillable flux pen like the Bonkote BON102F-1 or CircuitWorks CW7000 and a gallon of Kester flux and fill them up yourself.
  2. Switch to a CircuitWorks flux dispensing pen.

CircuitWorks has a pen that matches up with each Kester version. Please note that the CircuitWorks no-clean pens have some rosin and higher solids than the Kester models.

Kester Pen CircuitWorks Pen Alternative
KF985M00 Flux Dispensing Pen No-Clean Organic 985M CW8100 CircuitWorks Flux Dispensing Pen No Clean
KF952S00 Flux Dispensing Pen No-Clean Low Solids 952-S CW8400 CircuitWorks Lead-Free Flux Dispensing Pen
KF18615 Flux Dispensing Pen Rosin 186 CW8200 CircuitWorks Flux Dispensing Pen Rosin
KF959T15 Flux Dispensing Pen No-Clean Organic 959T CW8100 CircuitWorks Flux Dispensing Pen No Clean
KF95105 Flux Dispensing Pen No-Clean Organic 951 CW8100 CircuitWorks Flux Dispensing Pen No Clean
KF233115 Flux Dispensing Pen Organic 2331-ZX CW8300 CircuitWorks Water Soluble Flux Dispensing Pen

If you have a comment on Kester ending production of flux pens or CircuitWorks products please post below. For questions call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351.

Update: Kester Has Cancelled Discontinuation!

In response to customer demand, Kester has reversed discontinuation of their prominent line of flux dispensing pens! This is a particularly exciting update for those who are accustomed to the seamless application these flux pens provide. Designed to meet a variety of soldering requirements, Kester flux dispensing pens are available now through All-Spec.


How Much Do You Know About Soldering Irons? Read About The Variety Of Types Here:

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While many are familiar with traditional soldering irons, there may be less familiarity with more specific types such as butane or resistance irons. These allow the user to get around some of the limitations of traditional irons, while having some added benefits as well. This blog features some of the pros and cons of each iron type, so your next project will allow you to choose the one that suits your needs best.

Traditional Soldering Iron Traditional soldering irons are typically heated through ceramic elements when plugged into a standard electrical outlet. Normally it takes a few minutes for the tip to heat up, but once it reaches its temperature range it will stabilize. This creates a uniform experience, allowing for speedy and consistent joints.

A benefit of using a traditional soldering iron is they come with varying wattages for different projects. Soldering irons with high wattages are not hotter in general, but are more resistant to heat loss. Having a high watt iron will allow you to work on more difficult projects, such as ones that have large heat sinks or ground plates. Some traditional soldering irons come with stations that allow you to change the temperature of the iron. By changing the temperature of your iron you can use it for both large and small projects.

Portability is an issue with traditional soldering irons, given most requires you to be close to a wall outlet. Wherever you use these soldering irons you need access to electricity, which could be a problem if you are working on a vehicle or another large project. While extension cords are always an option, some may wish to find a different type of soldering iron to become free of restricting cords.

Butane soldering irons can solve the problem of portability. These soldering irons typically Butane Soldering Iron ignite butane to begin heating the tip, and then extinguish the flame and circulate unburned butane to keep the tip hot. Because the heat comes from the reservoir of gas it is much more portable than the traditional soldering iron. It allows for easy soldering even in tight places or on projects far away from any building.

Resistance Soldering Iron If portability is not an issue then resistance soldering irons provide a way to solder without having to wait for the tip to heat up. Resistance soldering irons melt solder by passing a low voltage but high amperage current across the joint. That allows the iron to melt solder quickly without any need to heat it ahead of time. Also, the iron cools down much faster after use than traditional or butane irons. You do have to be careful when using resistance soldering irons on projects that are sensitive to static discharge. Because these irons work by passing a voltage across the solder to melt it, they can cause damage to electronically sensitive parts.

While traditional irons are the most flexible in terms of wattage and temperature, butane and resistance irons have their benefits as well. Whether you need a specific temperature, increased portability, or fast temperature change there are soldering irons fit for any job.

……What is your favorite soldering iron? Let us know!

Master Appliance Heat Tools Sale

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All-Spec Industries is an authorized distributor of Master heat tools. We carry all of your heating tool needs such as butane refills, butane micro torches, heat guns and more all from Master!

Master Appliance was the first company to introduce the butane powered soldering tool to the North American marketplace. Their heating tools are used today for applications where heat is needed such as, drying, heating, welding, shrinking, soldering and desoldering.

An idea of some Master heat tools we carry (around 100 total) include:

Master 11799 Butane Refill Master 11799 butane refill

· New to All-Spec! For use with butane powered products

· Can be shipped via ground transportation without a haz-mat charge

· Canister measures 3-3/4 oz

Master MT-51 butane torch

· Now available to purchase separately/individually for your convenience

· Pocket size with 2 hour approximate running time

· Broad or pinpoint flame heating to 2500* F

· Safety lock guarantees switch is off when not in use

Master 10008 Heat Gun Master 10008 heat gun

· Compact and light, designed for electrical benchwork

· Equipped to perform heating jobs without excess air flow

· Quiet running motor to assure calm work environment

· 650*F in temperature, 4.5 amperage, 475 Watt power

Master HG-501A heat gun

· Heavy duty, multiple use

· High speed universal motor

· Adjustable non-slip stand

· Temperature range: 500-750*F, 14A amperage, 1680 Watt power

From now until the end of the year, save up to 29% on Master heat tools. Prices are in effect for a limited time only! Master sale ends December 31, 2011.

Ergo-Stat™ ES-7000: An Anti-Fatigue ESD-Safe Sole Grounder

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ESD-Safe Sole GrounderFor those of you who need ESD protection while standing or walking for extended hours on the job, All-Spec Industries has the solution for you. The Ergo-Stat™ ES-7000 ESD-safe sole grounder by Static Solutions is like portable matting for the wearer and greatly reduces worker’s fatigue while providing consistent ESD protection when walking. It comes equipped with a removable 1 mega ohm resister and an 18” conductive ribbon.

As an eco-friendly option, the Ergo-Stat™ uses up to 90% less material and produces less waste when the mat needs to be replaced. In addition, the Ergo-Stat™ shoe grounders are a lower cost option to ESD-safe matting and decreases both cleaning and maintenance.

Available in sizes small to x-large, this table will help you to decide which sole cover is the best fit.




Small Ergo-Stat
Men: 6-7
Women: 7-8
Small Ergo-Stat
Men: 5-6
Women: 6-7
Medium Ergo-Stat
Men: 8-10
Women: 9-11
Medium Ergo-Stat
Men: 7-9
Women: 8-10
Large Ergo-Stat
Men: 11-13
Women: 12-13
Large Ergo-Stat
Men: 10-12
Women: 11-13
X-Large Ergo-Stat
Men: 14-16
Women: N/A
X-Large Ergo-Stat
Men: 13-15
Women: N/A

Static Solutions Ergo-Stat™ sole grounders can be used in industries such as manufacturing, clean room, pharmaceutical, defense, munitions, medical, quality control.

For more information on personal grounding products please give customer service a call at 1-800-537-0351 or email us at